Carolyn Callaway Byar (Sign Guestbook)

Carolyn Callaway Byar, age 81, of Knoxville, TN, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, June 22nd, 2019. She was born and raised in Maryville, TN and resided in Maryville, Dandridge, Newport, and Knoxville. She graduated from Maryville High School in 1956 and from the University of Tennessee in 1960. She was a member of Fountain City United Methodist Church, a retired teacher, a VOL fan, and a life-long animal lover.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Thomas (Tim) Madison Byar; parents, Dr. Henry Abbott Callaway Sr. and Birdie Ellen Miller Callaway; sister and brother, Lula Abbott Callaway Fay and Dr. Henry Abbott Callaway Jr. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Michelle Byar of Dandridge; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Robert Smiddy of Knoxville; brother, Dr. James Miller Callaway (Van) of Walland; sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry Abbott Callaway Jr. of Maryville; granddaughters, Crystal and Kaitlyn Byar, and Elizabeth and Sarah-Catherine Smiddy; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and her beloved cat, Willard.

Her Celebration of Life will be Saturday, June 29th at 2:30 at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37918. The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fountain City United Methodist Church, Friends of the Smokies, or local animal shelters.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Byar family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.


9 guestbook entries for “Carolyn Callaway Byar”:

  1. Patty Gordon Cooper says:

    My memories of Carolyn are all from the Class of 1956 in high school. She was always friendly and inclusive of her classmates. I remember, and pray for her passing to God’s hands.

  2. David Stanley says:

    Carolyn was a big part of my childhood in Maryville from Grade school through high school and one of my favorite friends. I will always cherish my memories of Carolyn and send my prayers and blessings to her family. I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven! Her beautiful Spirit will always be with us!

  3. Don Talley says:

    My memories of Carolyn are of grade school, church and high school. She was alway friendly and fun to be around. praying for her family.

  4. Jenny Anne Cary Davis says:

    Henry and Jennifer, I remember your mother’s constant kindness and bubbly personality whether at Green Meadow CC, New Providence Presbyterian Church, or just in passing. I enjoyed the many times I babysat for y’all on Broady Lane. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  5. bob kidd says:

    will be missed by all of us in the 56 class hoppy

  6. Bill Jones says:

    Carolyn was one of the most beautiful girls in our class of 1956. I always had a crush on her but felt that she was so much better than me.

  7. Terry and Renee Hurst says:

    Carolyn and Tim were our neighbors during their years in Newport. I remember Carolyn as a beautiful person inside and out. We shared a love of animals, and we will honor her memory with a gift to our local animal shelter.

  8. Linda Dawson says:

    Fondly remembering Carolyn from FUMC-Newport. Condolences to her family and loved ones. Matthew 5:4

  9. Ned Morris says:

    First Tim, and now Carolyn have been taken from us and we will miss them sorely. By my choice of occupations, I did not live in the US for long years and we communicated by letters and cards. Carolyn was such a lovely person. Deepest sympathy, Ned

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